Port d'Envalira is the highest paved road in the Pyrenees
Port d'Envalira is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.408m (7,900ft) above the sea level located in the Encamp parish of Andorra. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Where is the highest paved road of the Pyrenees?
Set high in the Pyrenees mountain range, the road to the summit is totally paved. It is said to be the highest asphalted road in the Pyrenees. It’s called CG-2. In 2002, the most challenging part of the road was bypassed by a 3 kilometers long toll tunnel.
How long is Port d'Envalira?
The pass is 32.1 km (19.94 miles) long running west-east from Les Escaldes to El Pas de la Casa, on the French border. The drive is very scenic, with lots of places to stop and look at the views. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 45 and 60 minutes.
Is Port d'Envalira open?
Access to the pass is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to dangerous weather conditions. In fact, it’s said to be the highest European road open all year round.
Is Port d'Envalira challenging?
The climb has been featured in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España cycling races. The road to the summit is pretty steep, hitting a 9.4% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.